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University fees can be a little confusing and there are a few types of fees to think about. For example, there are tuition fees for domestic and international students, student services and amenities fees and other study-related fees.

For a more detailed explanation of fee types, as well as how and when to pay them, please read this web page.

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Important

If you're a new international student, you must pay the fees and Overseas Student Health Cover specified in your offer letter before you can enrol in course units.

What's a Student Services and Amenities Fee?

This is a compulsory annual fee approved by the Australian Government to provide student services and amenities, beyond those required for ECU's academic work. This includes services like health, counselling, sport and recreation, social clubs and societies, student welfare, careers advice, student advocacy and more.

In 2020, the fee is $308.00 year for full-time on-campus students.

Why international tuition fees can be different to what's in the your course offer

The fees shown in the offer letter we've emailed you are 'indicative fees'. They’re an estimate of what we believe your overall fees will be.

The reason they may not be exactly the same amount is because at the time of sending you the offer email we don't know what units you're going to enrol in. Units don't all cost the same amount, so we don't have the exact fee for your course until you enrol.

If you want to estimate the cost yourself, you can use our Fees Calculator and include all the units you intend to study.

Note
  1. This will remain an estimate until you finalise your enrolment.
  2. If you're eligible for credit and recognition of prior learning, you may receive study credit for some units.

When to pay your fees

If you're a domestic student your fees for Semester 1 are due in early March. Semester 2 fees are due in early August.

However, there are many due dates for tuition fees, depending on your enrolment. That's because fees are payable each semester (or teaching period) for the units you’ve enrolled in for that period.

For example, if you're enrolled in an additional period such as a Summer session or full year, you'll receive a separate invoice for these units.

You can view the due date for each teaching period on this page.

Tuition fee dates

How to find your amount owing

Your Statement of Account (fee invoice) will be available prior to the start of your semester or teaching period.

Please regularly check your ECU student email account to see when your Statement of Account is available.

You can check the amount owing and the payment due date on your invoice by:

  1. Logging into SIMO.
  2. Selecting Fees and Charges.
  3. Selecting Statement of Account.
Important

If you're an international student visa holder, please check your course offer letters for the payment due date.

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What does
that mean?
Here's a quick guide to some of the things we mention during the Get Started stage.
  • FEE-HELP is a loan that the Australian Government provides to cover tuition fees for some courses. You may be eligible for this loan if you are in a full fee-paying course and you are an Australian Citizen or hold a Permanent Humanitarian Visa.

    If you receive a FEE-HELP loan, the Australian Tax Office records the amount of your debt against your Tax File Number and you repay the loan through the tax system, once your income reaches the minimum threshold amount.

  • HECS-HELP is a loan from the Australian Government, which pays university tuition fees for students enrolled in a Commonwealth Supported Course and who are either Australian Citizens, an eligible New Zealand Citizen, or holders of a Permanent Humanitarian Visa.

    If you opt to defer your tuition fees on a HECS-HELP loan, the Australian Tax Office records your debt against your Tax File Number and you repay the loan through the taxation system, depending on how much you are earning.

  • SIMO is short for 'Student Information Management Online'. It sounds better too!

    SIMO is the system you’ll access through the Student Portal to:

    • enrol and re-enrol;
    • obtain your class timetable;
    • see your exam times and dates;
    • view your results; and
    • view your Statement of Account.
  • The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) is a compulsory annual fee approved by the Australian Government to provide student services and amenities, beyond those required for ECU's academic work. This includes services like health, counselling, sport and recreation, social clubs and societies, student welfare, careers advice, student advocacy and more. In 2019, the fee is $303.00 per year for full-time on-campus students.

  • A teaching period is the period during the year that a unit is offered for study, usually half of the academic year, i.e. semester one and semester two.

    There are other teaching periods throughout the year, such as:

    • Summer Session
    • Winter School
    • Practicums 1 to 8
    • Terms 1 to 4
    • Trimesters 1 to 3
    • Full Year
    • Split Full Year

    You should nominate the teaching period when enrolling in your units.

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